Networking giant Cisco's revenue from Ethernet switches soared by 23.5 per cent between the last quarter of 2009 and the first quarter of 2010, market analyst Infonetics Research has reported.
Sales of Ethernet switches in the data centre market rose by 16 per cent over the first quarter of 2010, according to the Boston-based research firm's Service Provider Routers and Switches report.
The purpose-built switch market will grow, said Market analyst Matthias Machowsinski at Infonetics.
Cisco's Ethernet switch line, powered by Nexus, meets new data centre requirements, which include LAN/SAN integration, reliance and power performance.
According to Infonetics' report, rival F5 was still a clear leader in the application delivery controller market, taking a 20-point lead over Cisco.
Strong first-quarter results hint at a recovering market, after slow growth throughout the global economic meltdown of 2009.